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Mar 25, 2023

Soft Robotics Breaks Out of Its Cocoon

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A novel thermally-powered actuator can bend and stretch to move a soft, caterpillar-like robot in more than one direction.

Mar 25, 2023

Brian Cox — Alien Civilizations Decoded

Posted by in categories: alien life, robotics/AI

“Brian Cox — Alien Civilizations Decoded,” a captivating journey into the world of extraterrestrial life and our quest to find it. In this riveting video, renowned physicist Brian Cox discusses the implications of making contact with alien civilizations and the role of artificial intelligence in this extraordinary search.

We will explore the various methods scientists use to search for intelligent life beyond our planet, including scanning the skies for radio signals and examining exoplanets for potential habitability. With the recent introduction of AI, researchers have experienced a breakthrough, detecting over 20,000 signals of interest and igniting a renewed passion for finding alien technosignatures.

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Mar 25, 2023

The 25 Best Science Fiction Book Series You Need To Read Right Now

Posted by in category: futurism

Nothing quite excites the imagination like pondering on the future.

And not only is science fiction great for exploring ideas surrounding the future, but it is also a great avenue for exploring other realities, such as post-apocalypses, zombie takeovers, and alien invasions.

Mar 25, 2023

‘Very disturbing’: What to know about the potentially deadly fungus spreading in the US

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Doctors are assuring the public that it’s not going to take over the world and kill us all, but it is something we need to be aware of.

Mar 25, 2023

New Study Links Eating Meat to Urinary Tract Infections

Posted by in category: food

March 24, 2023 – At least half a million urinary tract infections are caused by eating meat contaminated with E.coli bacteria, a new study reports.

E.coli is the most common bacteria to cause urinary tract infections, and it usually lives harmlessly in the human intestinal tract, although it is well-known to be a source of food poisoning.

“Most people understand that eating uncooked meat, or accidentally ingesting bacteria from meat, can cause you to have an upset stomach,” said researcher Lance B. Price, a professor at George Washington University, according to The Washington Post. “But now we also know that specific varieties of E. coli, coming from raw meat, are also causing hundreds of thousands of UTIs.”

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Mar 25, 2023

Tesla Vision Park Assist measurement system proves capable in first tests

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Tesla Vision Park Assist provides visual and audio alerts of surrounding objects. This feature uses the occupancy network to predict high-definition outlines of objects 360 degrees around the car. Note: Tesla Vision Park Assist is for guidance purposes only and is not a substitute for an aware driver. Please be attentive and avoid obstacles as required.

This is after being parked for a while, interesting to see how park assist takes a bit to load previous data from before it was parked. Still really impressive work from the @Tesla team

A number of Tesla owners with vision-only cars who received update 2023.6.9 have shared initial videos of Vision Park Assist’s performance in real-world situations. Tesla Model 3 owner @EVBaymax, for one, observed that the distance estimates displayed in the vehicle are quite accurate, almost to the inch. The Model 3 owner actually verified Tesla Vision’s estimates with a tape measure, and it was quite accurate.

Mar 25, 2023

Writing the Rules on CRISPR Activation

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

The researchers add that these data demonstrate that CRISPRa is generally applicable across chromatin states and cell types, and highlights the factors that impact the degree of gene activation and how easy it is to reproduce the effects. Understanding these factors is important in the design and analysis of CRISPRa screens, which are used to look for genes involved in genetic diseases, the team points out.

Further study is required to continue to add to these rules and to see whether different CRISPRa or CRISPR interference techniques behave in a similar way.

“Our research has established a system for reporting the effectiveness of CRISPR activation in stem cells, allowing us to gain a better understanding of how CRISPRa works in multiple cell states,” says Qianxin Wu, PhD, first author from Wellcome Sanger. “We also showed that CRISPR gene activation is powerful enough to induce stem cells to differentiate into other cell states. This suggests that CRISPRa screens can be used to search for genes involved in cellular processes or to generate more accurate models of cell types in the body, aiding research into genetic diseases and regenerative medicine.”

Mar 25, 2023

Reclassified galaxy is now a supermassive black hole that’s pointing directly at Earth

Posted by in category: cosmology

We don’t want to alarm you, but there’s a black hole pointing Earth squarely in the face.

Scientists have reclassified a galaxy after finding that the supermassive black hole in its centre has changed direction and it is now aiming right at us.

Mar 25, 2023

Scientist claims meteorite that fell to earth is an ‘alien probe’ that could prove extra-terrestrial life

Posted by in category: alien life

A Harvard physicist has detailed his planned expedition to Papua New Guinea with the ambitious task of gathering remnants of a meteorite that he believes could be an alien probe.

Avi Loeb who is head of the Galileo Project, the “Systematic Scientific Search for Evidence of Extraterrestrial Technological Artifacts”, hopes to find fragments CNEOS1 2014/01/08 which crashed into Earth back in 2014 during the $1.5 million mission trip he organised to visit the Pacific island nation.

Mar 25, 2023

Enjoy the Singularity: How to Be Optimistic About the Future

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, singularity, transportation

I’m already fairly optimistic. Y2K was supposed to drop planes of the sky. Yet we’re here. You’re more likely to die in a car wreck than plane wreck yet most people are more scared of flying than driving and flipping off people with road rage.

From ChatGPT to driverless cars, we need to be hopeful about progress.

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